Pioneer Exclusive P3

1 9 7 8 november 1978
1 9 8 3 july 1983

EMT notwithstanding, the Exclusive P3 was the winner of the large test made by the Stereo Sound staff in 1980 and is, undoubtedly, the most successful high-end & high-priced turntable in Japan !

It seems every other audiophile went for the P3 and later on for its upgraded P3a version.
Those who didn't have enough cash for such a beast often went for the smaller PL-70LII while regular people, in droves, bought the PL-50L and PL-50LII.

The P3 featured Pioneer's staple Direct-Drive SHR system (Stable Hanging Rotor) but executed in a far larger mode than on the well-known PL-L1000, the contemporary PL-L1 or even the original PL-70.
A triple insulation (oil-damping + spring + rubber) perfects the already immune to vibration 45kg ensemble, while the real 5mm glass dustcover participates in said 45kg.

The motor is the model EM-03 which Pioneer probably thought of making available separately - but didn't. That was done for the later Exclusive P10 (EM-10 motor) but saying it was a success, market-wise, would be quite an overstatement.
The same happened to the PL-70 or, much earlier, the MU-3000 or MU-1800... Pioneer never got successful in the 'separates' market like Denon, Technics or Sony but its complete turntables sold very well, as well as those of the other three. Strange.

The tonearm is the EA-03 : same structure as that of the PL-50L but bigger. It also has the damping oil receptacle at its top with the 5-position dial for no damping, some damping or a lot of damping.

Two wands were available, "S" and straight, the former with a dedicated heavier counterweight. Both wands were made of ?

If the signal-to-noise ratio of the original P3 amounted to a then-tops 78dB, that of the revised P3a skyrocketed to an unbelievable 95dB !
However, there is a trick here, a magic trick uncovered by Mr X, P3 owner, and his japanese technician - read the USER text for the details !

The Exclusive P3 and P3a were produced in fairly large amounts for such a high-priced luxurious object : about 2000.
So they are not rare per se... but they are.

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Pioneer Exclusive P3 specifications
Title Value
DRIVE section DRIVE section
Type : Model EM-03
Quartz-PLL direct-drive with Stable Hanging Rotor System
Speeds : 33 1/3 & 45rpm
Speed accuracy : 0,001%
Wow & flutter : 0,003% (WRMS, FG source)
0,015% (WRMS, JIS)
S/N ratio : 70dB (JIS)
78dB (DIN-B)
Startup torque : 10kg/cm
Load resistance : up to 1,5kg
Startup time : 0,3s (33 1/3rpm)
Platter : 2,8kg / 32cm extruded aluminium
Platter inertial mass : 700kg/cm2 (with rubber mat)
Braking : electronic & mechanical system with variable silicon oil
TONEARM section TONEARM section
Type : EA-03
static balance with interchangeable wands
S-type or straight-type
Effective length : 28,2cm
Overhang : 12,5mm
Tracking error : +1,85° / -1,10°
Tracking force : 0...3g (0,1g steps)
Cartridge weight : 4...52g (with headshell)
Resonance : 5Hz
VTA : ± 3mm
BASE section BASE section
Type : thick wood particles with natural wood veneer
Dust-cover : 5mm reinforced glass
Insulation : spring/oil/rubber
Base elements : barium sulfate (1,5cm)
aluminium (1cm)
General General
PC : 15W
Dimensions : 60 x 26,7 x 41,5cm
Weight : 45kg.
Listprice : 530,000¥ (1978)
Pioneer Exclusive P3 : 2 topics
(last updated topic shows up first)
  • Pioneer Exclusive P3 : nec plus ultra..                             (7)last updated by JwFabrie - 20/11/2010, 12H07
  • EM-10 in my hands                             (9)last updated by soundofvoid - 15/02/2013, 19H43
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